[ roh-uh n, rou- ]
/ ˈroʊ ən, ˈraʊ- /


the European mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia, having pinnate leaves and clusters of bright red berries.
either of two American mountain ashes, Sorbus americana or S. sambucifolia.
the berry of any of these trees.

Origin of rowan

1795–1805; < Old Norse *raun- in reynir, Norwegian raun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rowan

/ (ˈrəʊən, ˈraʊ-) /


another name for the (European) mountain ash

Word Origin for rowan

C16: from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian rogn, raun, Old Norse reynir
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